Visitors to t launch of the new Barnes Foundation building in Philadelphia PA will enter beneath a stunning canopy of Pilkington glass. The entrance incorporates insulating glass units over heat strengthened, laminated lights low-iron glass
The Barnes Foundation is an educational art and horticultural institution founded in 1922 by Albert Barnes, a wealthy chemist and art collector. The museum, which houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth and twentieth century French paintings in the world, has moved from its original premises in Merion, in Philadelphia’s suburbs, to the new location on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The new building covers 93,000 square feet on two floors and the exhibition space has been designed to replicate the original galleries in Merion. The new building also contains classrooms, a changing exhibition space, a 150-seat auditorium, a cafe and a gift shop.